Big in Japan Nov. 30-Dec. 6: New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo's mushroom-munching plumber sells nearly 1 million in one week as Wii sells 106K to lead hardware.


Nintendo began the week on the right foot, when Famitsu publisher Enterbrain announced that New Super Mario Bros. Wii had set a console record with 936,734 units sold from December 3-6, the game's first four days of availability. Fellow stat-tracking firm Media Create has now corroborated those figures, placing Nintendo's latest platformer at the top of its November 30-December 6 chart with 934,739 units sold.

As a plumber, Mario has considerable job security.
As a plumber, Mario has considerable job security.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii wasn't the only game to land with a big splash during the week. Sega's Phantasy Star Portable 2 for the PSP debuted in second with 286,896 units sold. The finish just outpaced fellow PSP title Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus, which sold 222,985 units. Koei's Samurai Warriors 3 for the Wii landed in fourth, achieving first-week sales of 121,182.

Having topped Media Create's November 23-29 chart, Level 5's Professor Layton and the Flute of Malevolent Destiny sank to fifth with 85,034 units sold. Two other best-selling DS titles, Tomodachi Collection and Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, landed in sixth and eighth with respective 74,951 and 63,026 tallies. PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken opened in seventh with 63,760 units sold, while the PS3 edition of Assassin's Creed II was the final new release to chart, landing in 10th with 48,748 units sold.

The Wii handily secured top billing on the hardware charts during the week, selling 106,555 units in Japan. Sony's PSP shifted 67,880 units, a figure bolstered slightly by the PSP Go's 3,412 sales, while the PS3 finished third with 57,782 units. Nintendo's string of handhelds came next, with the DSi LL, DSi, and DS Lite selling a respective 53,791, 51,635, and 8,367 units. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 rounded out the chart, selling 5,314 units and 2,277 units each.

Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 934,739
2) Phantasy Star Portable 2 / Sega / PSP / 286,896
3) Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus / Namco Bandai / PSP / 222,985
4) Samurai Warriors 3 / Koei / Wii / 121,182
5) Professor Layton and the Diabolical Flute / Level 5 / DS / 85,034
6) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 74,951
7) PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken / Nintendo / Wii / 63,760
8) Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver / Nintendo / DS / 63,026
9) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 51,849
10) Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / PS3 / 48,748

Wii - 106,555
PSP - 67,880
PS3 - 57,782
DSi LL - 53,791
DSi - 51,635
DS Lite - 8,367
Xbox 360 - 5,314
PSP Go - 3,412
PS2 - 2,277

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